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With livestock diseases like African swine fever sweeping the globe, Canada is planning an industry-government partnership.

Livestock sector setting stage for Animal Health Canada

Proposal to be presented to the federal-provincial agriculture ministers this summer

A group of ‘CEO champions’ and senior livestock industry representatives will meet this month to pull together a governance model for Animal Health Canada (AHC) as an overseer of farm animal health across the country. The group aims to have a final report outlining how AHC would function ready in January, says Rory McAlpine, senior

While Canadian agribusinesses have already successfully started to find new customers, markets for major crops such as wheat, canola, soy and pulses face

Crop exporters face growing competition

Diversifying Canada’s customer base won’t be easy, FCC says in new report

Canada’s agri-food sector is highly dependent on export markets and efforts to diversify the existing customer base won’t be easy in the coming years because of growing competition, says a new report from Farm Credit Canada. While Canada stands in fifth place among the current agri-food exporting nations and has ambitious plans to move closer to first, it’s


Farmers have enough challenges on their hands this season without the added stress 
of higher costs due to the carbon tax, producer groups say.

Farm groups say ‘Harvest from Hell’ underlines need for carbon tax relief

Fuels used for this operation have not been exempted from the federal carbon tax

Farm groups have fired off urgent appeals for government financial help for producers struggling with a weather-disrupted harvest made worse by the imposition of the federal carbon tax on fuel used to dry grain. Grain Farmers of Ontario and a coalition of Alberta commodity groups sent their requests directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because

Fresh meat for sale at a grocery market in the city of Zunyi, in China’s Guizhou province. The country's pig farming industry is undergoing a second crisis in a decade, this time caused by African swine fever.

China acknowledges domestic pork shortage

Rising prices are now a top political concern for Beijing


News reports from Asia indicate the Chinese government is finally having to own up about that country’s pork shortages due to African swine fever (ASF) and trade disputes. The South China Morning Post has reported that Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua has been assigned to oversee the issue of rising pork prices that could mar October’s

GHG emissions in the Canadian agriculture sector peaked in 2005 while production has steadily increased.

Canadian farmers have made significant emissions reductions

But their contributions are little understood or recognized, a new report says

Canadian farmers receive too little credit for their progress in curbing carbon emissions that cause climate change, according to a new study. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) recently released the report, which took full aim at another recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. CAPI says it fails to mention “the Canadian


CN and CP’s financial and operating results for the second quarter both made records.

CN and CP quietly posted strong results

Grain and intermodal were among strong sectors as the railways enhanced their networks

Canada’s two major railways have quietly gone about their business in the past year, turning in strong financial performances and building up their networks, even as economic storm clouds gather. They overcame wicked winter weather to record a record grain haul for the crop year ending July 31. As of September, they were still enjoying

Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 18, 2017.

Canada’s new ambassador to China authored landmark report on agri-food’s potential

Dominic Barton’s appointment welcomed by farm organization representatives

The appointment of Dominic Barton as Canadian ambassador to China was welcomed by farm leaders but the former business leader and university chancellor will have a lot of issues to deal with besides blocked shipments of canola, pork and beef. The arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver on a U.S. arrest warrant soured relations

“My hackles rise when I hear people say farmers want to ‘douse’ their crops with chemicals or ‘slaughter’ their land with fertilizer.” – Robert Saik.

Food 5.0 challenges agriculture misconceptions

Book tackles fear of pesticides, GMOs and new technologies with facts and common sense

Author Robert Saik concludes his just-released book Food 5.0 with the following observation — “I have immense faith in our farmers to feed the future… we just have to let them.” The book is aimed at the 99.8 per cent of the population who Saik figures have no on-the-ground knowledge of modern agriculture and explains


High-tech tools are going to require highly skilled workers down on the farm.

New skill sets needed in farm workers of the future

Larger farms already well into technology adaptation but properly trained employees key to the future

In the not too distant future, farms will depend on high-tech workers with titles like tech-gronomist, ag tech integrator and knowledge translators, a recent conference of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council (CAHRC) heard. In a presentation entitled Agriculture Skills for the Future, Stuart Cullum, president of Olds College in Alberta spelled out the kinds

Mental health issues impact every segment of our society, including those in Canada’s agriculture and food sectors.

Mental health in agriculture partnership expands

Do More Agriculture and Farm Credit Canada are building on their mental health awareness and training efforts

The Do More Agriculture (DMA) Foundation and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are extending and expanding their partnership to bring mental health awareness and training to rural Canada. The two-day training program, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is aimed at developing community leaders, said DMA Executive director Adelle Stewart. The leaders are trained